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Mighty Mongo / Press

“As cliché as it sounds, it’s a dream come true. Scotty Chmura, Anthony Isoldi, Alex Card and Lindsay Vitola, collectively known as Mighty Mongo, recently learned their band will play 15 cities — from Boston to Miami and out West to Seattle and Portland — on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. “The Warped Tour was started specifically for alternative rock bands that aren’t huge yet, yet it gives them a chance to be a part of something larger than one band at one show,” he said. “Having someone like Kevin Lyman believe in you enough to give you dates on his tour is such an incredible feeling of validation for all the hard work we have put in over the last two years,” said lead singer Vitola, 23. “It makes us want to work even harder in the coming months.””

“One of the largest ever crowds gathered in downtown Inverness for the June 3 Rock the Block Concert. More than 1,200 people from every cross section of our community rocked out to the four bands who performed their hearts out for this free concert. A special thanks to Scotty Chmura of Mighty Mongo for assembling the three opening bands. It’s safe to say performing bands UNRB, 10th Concession, Anchor Atlantic and headliners Mighty Mongo gained hundreds of fans, and they received a well deserved and huge ovation for their talent. Your City of Fun — Inverness — is already planning an “encore” to continue bringing high energy entertainment to our great and beautiful city.”

“Their chugging chorus lines mixed with the carefree embodiment of what reggae-punk should be is more than enough for any fan to take notice. Keep an ear out for Clark Kent, one of my personal favorites, and a sure-fire radio ready hit. Any station manager who doesn't play this band will soon regret it.”


“Front Page Newspaper Article: Mighty Mongo rocked the club with smoking guitar solos and tight vocals punctuated by rhythms that ranged from reggae and Ramone-speed punk to swing and samba. A pair of go-go-style dancers spent some time on stage. Later, a clown that seemed inspired by Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter look accompanied by two masked dancers made an appearance, turning live music into performance art and urging the crowd to chant “Mongo, Mongo, Mongo,” and “One more song.””

“In less than two years, the foursome jumped from doing one or two small gigs a week to booking between seven to 10 larger venues per week. They do not easily fit into one music category and instead blend genres that include punk, reggae and rock. It all comes together in a frenetic, catchy mix. There's something youthful and sophisticated about their songs, such as "Immafish," "Happy Place" and "Clark Kent." There's a certain hopefulness that is infectious, with retro-electric rhythms that take the listener on a fun journey.”

“I look to this group and get chill bumps thinking of what's ahead in their lives. If you have chance to see them live NOW would be the time to do it.”


“All those cover gigs and all that time on the road — the musicians of Mighty Mongo hope their hard work will pay off when they officially release their album, “Let’s Make Serious Life Decisions.” In honor of the occasion, they are throwing themselves a party dubbed “Cinco de Mongo” from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Vintage Ultra Lounge in St. Petersburg. “Decisions” will also be available on iTunes starting that evening. Chmura said the party is going to be “huge” with three bands playing and “Dave the Dwarf”, an area DJ hosting, [as well as other] surprises. “We'll also have a burrito-eating contest... stilt walkers, dancers, a mariachi band... it’s going to be a good time.””

“Mighty Mongo, a fun-loving, free-wheeling new entry in the Tampa Bay music scene. Their original songs could best be described as “party music” — a quirky, high-energy blend of ska, pop, reggae and jam, in the vein of No Doubt, Sublime, Smash Mouth or the B-52s. Since forming two years ago, Mighty Mongo have performed relentlessly, occasionally booking two shows a night, and they have a devoted network of friends and fans that has helped them win every battle of the bands they’ve entered — more than a half-dozen in all. One of those battles resulted in a gig at last year’s Warped Tour stop in St. Petersburg. [Their new album] Let’s Make Serious Life Decisions is distinctly polished, passionate and genre-defying. They’ll release it with a May 5 concert at Vintage Ultra Lounge in St. Petersburg. They’re calling it: “Cinco de Mongo.” The name is fun. It’s catchy. And it fits Mighty Mongo. There is no debate about that.”

“Mongo’s ten-minute set featured overtones of Sublime and 311 with a splash of Blink 182 and a djembe-playing friend in a gorilla suit who, strangely enough, didn’t take away from the band’s ability to hold its audience’s attention. “We have high energy, non-stop,” says Lindsay Vitolla, the band’s bombshell lead singer and occasional keyboard player. “Our band is all about making sure that everyone is having a good time.” Indeed, one could feel the good vibes just flowing through the room … dude. Mongo’s poppy hooks and slow, Grateful Dead-like breakdowns had everyone swaying their heads through the imaginary purple haze, including yours truly, who wrote down the following note mid-set: Lots of good energy. Even if it’s not your kind of music, you have to like them, just because they’re likeable people.”

“It is apparent through their music and interaction that these four musicians have an ideal dynamic. Isoldi, calmly grips a Fender Strat... as Card and Chmura play wildly beside him, his fingers glide determinedly across the fret board, sculpting a dirty lead. He picks a melody to a reggae beat, while Vitola scats, her voice reverberating from the speakers with rich soulfulness. The lyrics are brilliant: "DesCartes can you tell me who I am? He said, 'I think therefore I jam'. This song is entangled through all history and time, one small jam for man, one giant jam for mankind." Even as they eat pizza downtown, a man hangs out of the window of a moving car to scream, "Yo! Mighty Mongo!"According to Vitola, "Our biggest goal is to make sure that the next month is better than the month before...It's constant progression with our social networking, with our music, and with our abilities as musicians. ”